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Britain's native Oak is currently under threat

"What if Britain's most iconic and important broadleaf tree, the native Oak was to be reduced to a shadow of its current level?

Surely it is unthinkable that we could be without them?"

-An article about about Acute Oak Decline (AOD)- by Sandra Denman, Forest Research Scientist

Click here to dowload the pdf article


Forest Research (Forestry Commission) has published some guidelines about managing AOD:
Read more about Acute Oak Decline and download "Forestry Commission Practice Note 15": Forest Research Acute Oak Decline


This is a selection of what media and newspapers have written or broadcasted about the dangers and spread of Acute Oak Decline (AOD), and the urgent need for research and funding:

BBC West Midlands - Inside Out: Acute Oak Decline at Attingham Park, by Clive Dunn.
The article includes a 1:35 min video

Podcast BBC Radio 4 A Point of View, with Simon Schama: 'The tree that shaped Britain' [click the link to read the transcript in BBC News Magazine or click here to listen to the podcast in BBC iPlayer 07/05/2010]

Forestry Commisssion's Practice Note FCPN015  'Managing Acute Oak Decline', by Sandra Denman, Susan Kirk and Joan Webber

The Independent Disease threatens to fell Britain's historic oak trees

The Independent Now Britain's oaks face killer disease

BBC News Oak disease 'threatens landscape'

The Telegraph Mysterious new disease threatens oak trees

The Guardian New oak tree disease could 'change British landscape', experts warn

Mirror British woodlands hit by new killer disease

AOL News Oak disease 'could alter landscape'

Herald 24 Deadly disease confirmed in Hoddesdon woodland

Tree Diseases Conference April 2010




The Prince of Wales has agreed to become Patron of Woodland Heritage in what is seen as a “tremendous boost” to their efforts to improve the management of woodlands in the UK.

“We are immensely proud to receive this recognition and support from His Royal Highness,” said Peter Goodwin, co-founder of Woodland Heritage.

“We see a synergy between the Prince’s views on the environment and the fact we support sustainable forestry,” he added.

Mr Goodwin said Woodland Heritage believed in vibrant, working woodlands which provide quality trees and timber.

“Woodlands need to have an economic value if they are to be cared for in the longer term,” he said. “Above all, for our woodlands to survive and flourish they need to be managed, harvested, processed and regenerated locally. In doing so, our most important, beautiful and renewable natural resource can be sustained for future generations to come.”
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Woodland Heritage, said Mr Goodwin, seeks to unite tree growers with wood users and act as a vehicle for both wood users and consumers to ‘put something back’.

It supports uneven aged silviculture (continuous cover forestry) where appropriate and by doing so helps to maintain native wildlife and wider environmental benefits. Travel bursaries are used to garner new ideas from across the globe to enhance collective knowledge and help spread good practice in woodland management.


Geraint Richards - New WH Trustee

Geraint Richards

Geraint Richards grew up in the Chiltern Hills, very near to the Forestry Commission’s District Office. His love for woodlands and forests was inspired, surrounded as he was, by the famous Chiltern Beechwoods. In 1988 he went to study at university in Bangor, North Wales and after four years (which included a year-out with the Forestry Commission in Thetford) he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Forestry. He immediately went to work in Kent and East Sussex for the Forestry Commission, but in 1995 applied for the job of Head Forester with the Duchy of Cornwall. (The interviews happened to take place whilst he was on honeymoon in Cornwall – which his wife will not let him forget!) In 1996 he started work with the Duchy and now has overall responsibility for the management of the Duchy’s woodlands, which extend from the Isles of Scilly to Herefordshire, and amount to some 4,500 acres (1,825 hectares). Early on, and before everyone else, he took the Duchy’s woods into FSC certification and adopted a continuous cover/close-to-nature approach to management. He has been involved with all sorts of organisations and initiatives to do with trees, woodlands and forests and more especially, issues close to His Royal Highness’ heart – such as high-quality silviculture, utilising and ‘adding-value’ to home-grown timber, and education/training. All of which is fully in line with the aims and objectives of Woodland Heritage.

“We are indeed fortunate to be able to call upon his expertise and experience, which has been most evident in his involvement with our ‘From Woodland to Workshop’ Courses, along with our other dedicated Tutors. Geraint is a valuable addition to our committed team and we are delighted to welcome him as a Trustee. Coming from a Welsh mother, Cornish father and supporting the Welsh boys in red in rugby, Geraint would not forgive me if I did not mention his Celtic loyalties too, which are reflected in the names of his five children.”

Peter Goodwin, Chairman of Trustees

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